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West Africa bloc mediator “satisfied” after meeting Burkina Faso new military leader

Burkina Faso Ibrahim Traore armoured vehicle

Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoReuters The mediator sent to Burkina Faso by West Africa’s main political and economic bloc ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Tuesday said he was satisfied by a meeting with the country’s new military leader Ibrahim Traore. Issoufou added that the 15-member bloc would continue accompanying Burkina Faso’s transition to constitutional rule after the country […]

Who is Ibrahim Traore, the soldier behind Burkina Faso’s latest coup?

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Dakar, SenegalReuters As a heavily armed convoy drove through a cheering crowd in Burkina Faso’s capital on Sunday morning, the boyish face of the country’s latest military ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore, emerged from the turret of an armoured personnel carrier.  Sporting fatigues and a red beret, the 34-year-old smiled and raised his thumb as onlookers […]

Gunfire, confusion grip Burkina Faso day after coup, fire breaks out at French embassy

Burkina Faso Ouagadougou military coup

OuaGadougou, Burkina Faso Reuters Gunfire rang out across Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday and fire broke out at the French embassy as self-declared leader Ibrahim Traore accused President Paul-Henri Damiba of staging a counter-offensive after his apparent ouster a day earlier. The standoff signals deep division within the army and a worrying new chapter for […]